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#5252 - 11/12/01 03:01 AM Breaker Feeds  
Dale  Offline
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Is is acceptable (legal) to attach two wires to a single pole circuit breaker. I want both feeds on the same circuit. I just ran both wires back to the panel and attached both of them to the breaker.This is in Canada, but curious if its different in the US?


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#5253 - 11/12/01 03:58 AM Re: Breaker Feeds  
Bill Addiss  Offline
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Dale,

The answer would depend on the breaker. Some are Listed for more than 1 wire, but most are not.

Bill


#5254 - 11/12/01 08:44 AM Re: Breaker Feeds  
sparky  Offline
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Sq D QO is, other than that i dunno....


#5255 - 11/13/01 10:57 PM Re: Breaker Feeds  
CanadianSparky  Offline
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Couldn't find anything on it in the CEC, I think Bills right about the breaker though. Any reason why you want to double them up?


#5256 - 11/13/01 11:40 PM Re: Breaker Feeds  
Redsy  Offline
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Why don't you just splice a pigtail?


#5257 - 11/14/01 02:05 PM Re: Breaker Feeds  
ggardiner  Offline
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Curious on my part what part of Canada are you doing this?


#5258 - 11/14/01 02:58 PM Re: Breaker Feeds  
Dale  Offline
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Regina Sask. Canada
Full panel...went the route of an octogon box and 1 feed from the breaker


#5259 - 11/14/01 08:15 PM Re: Breaker Feeds  
Tony Moscioni  Offline
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There are code rules that this condition applies to.

In Ontario, Canada we (the Inspection Department) base our decision on the follwing code rules:

A maximum of one conductor per breaker is permitted unless the breaker is approved for terminating more than one conductor. - Rule 02-034


Section #2 states:

2-034 Use of Approved Equipment (see Appendix B) No one shall use any electrical equipment other than approved electrical equipment of a kind or type and rating approved for the specific purpose for which it is to be employed.

Appendix B states:

2-026
2-034
As a condition of approval of certain types of electrical equipment, the manufacturer supplies instructions pertaining to its installation. It is of the utmost importance that the installer closely follow installation instructions supplied by the manufacturer to fulfill the terms of the approval agreement.

Tony Moscioni
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